Defensa y Justicia close at top with narrow win, Tigre beat Vélez to keep survival hopes alive & Atlético Tucumán hold in Libertadores spots (VIDEO)

Out of the Copa Sudamericana, suffering a first defeat of the season in the league and seeing Racing Club go six points clear at the top, Defensa y Justicia were close to seeing their dreams come to an end on Monday evening until Matías Rojas struck a late winner in Mar del Plata.

A goalless draw would have been an almost equalling damaging result for Defensa y Justicia but with a little over ten minutes remaining, leading scorer Rojas bent in another wonderful free-kick to break the deadlock. Victory closes the gap back to three with only four games remaining and with a final day fixture against Racing, the title race could very well go down to the wire.

Aldosivi  1 – 2  Defensa y Justicia

The relegation battle also looks likely to go to until the final weekend and Tigre, having looked dead and buried a few weeks ago, are now back in the mix. A tricky trip to Liniers to face Libertadores chasing Vélez looked likely to end the revival and when Luis Abram scrambled the home side in front on the stroke of half time, chances of a Tigre victory diminished further.

However, in-form striker Federico González equalised soon after the break and in the 78th minute slotted in a second to hand Tigre an unexpected three points. Three wins on the bounce now and suddenly the gap to safety is only four points.

While Vélez’s hopes of 2020 Copa Libertadores suffered a blow, Atlético Tucumán boosted their chances with victory away to Banfield. Hernán Crespo celebrated a first win as manager last week and his Banfield side were unlucky not to lead during the first half but instead a Leandro Díaz penalty saw Atlético in front at the break and a superb Gervasio Nuñez free kick doubled that advantage almost immediately after the restart. Impressive youngster Agustín Urzi smashed in a late consolation for the home side but El Decano held to keep River Plate at bay in the fourth and final Libertadores spot.

Vélez Sarsfield  1 – 2  Tigre

Banfield  1 – 2  Atlético Tucumán

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